IndianOil Servo Surjit Hockey begins today (Oct. 27)

    • IndianOil Servo Surjit Hockey begins today (Oct. 27) Jalandhar, Oct. 22 : The stage is set for 39th edition of the IndianOil SERVO Surjit Hockey Tournament, which begins here today at local Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium, Burlton Park. Tournament is organized every year by the Surjit Hockey Society, Jalandhar to keep the name of ex-Olympian late Sardar Surjit Singh Randhawa, former skipper of Indian Hockey Team alive, who lost his life in a fatal car accident near Jalandhar on January 7th, 1984, while fighting hard for up-liftment of the National Game of Hockey in our Country. According to Mr. Jaspreet Singh, IAS, Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar, who is also the President of the Surjit Hockey Society that the 39th edition of the tournament would be played knockout -cum-league basis. All the 12 teams in Men Section have been divided into 4 pools. Last Year's Champion Punjab National Bank, Delhi, ONGC, Delhi, Indian Railways seeded in pool-’A’, Indian Air Force, Mumbai, Bharat Petroleum Mumbai & Punjab Police placed in pool-’B’, last year’s Runners up Indian Army, New Delhi, IndianOil Mumbai, Indian Navy Mumbai have been kept in in pool-’C’ whereas Punjab & Sind Bank Delhi, CAG Delhi & Air India Mumabi have been placed in pool-’D’. The winner team of each pool will qualify for the semi finals scheduled to be held on November 3. As in the past 32 years, this year also, the Asia’s largest and leading Maharatna Oil Company IndianOil Corporation Limited will be the Main Title sponsor of the tournament. Punjab & Sing bak, Delhi, HDFC, bank, Punjab National Bank, Sonalika Tractors, IJM Group, Nakodar, Pukhraj, 24 SEVEN, Penticton (Canada) Gold's Gym, Jalandhar, Victoria Gardens, CT Group of Institutions, Jalandhar, Uppal Hospitality Group (UHG) of Hong Kong, Innocent Hearts, Jalandhar, Tracer Shoes, AGI Infra, DIPs Institutions, Pyramid College of Business, Rakshak Sports and State Bank of India will be the co-sponsors of the tournament. The tournament committee is expected to attract Hockey followers in large number as this year also the spectators who come to witness the Hockey matches and the players/officials who will participate in this tournament will get Alto car, Motor Cycles, Refrigerator and LCDs as prize on the final day under . These prizes shall be decided by draw of lot and every day each spectators will be issued a lucky coupons for 9 days where as the players/officials will be given lucky coupons on the day of the first match. The matches will be played under flood lights in the stadium and no gate entry money will be charged to the spectators who will come to witness the game of Hockey. All types of arrangements like boarding and lodging, Transport, security, medical etc. have been completed. No gate entry money will be charged from the spectators who will come to witness the game of hockey. The arrangements have been made for the LIVE telecast of both the Semi Finals & Final Match of the tournament on PTC Channels on Nov. 3 and 4, respectively. All India Radio, Jalandhar will also relay the 'Ball-to-Ball' running commentary of the final match. There will a colorful cultural programme of the final day of the tournament where Famous Punjabi Folk Singer Kulwinder Billa will give his LIVE performance to entertain the spectators, before the start of the final match on Nov. 4 from 5.30 pm onwards. A full-fledged media centre has also been set up for the convenience of the print and electronic media, Mr. Jaspreet Singh added. Ms. Inderbir Singh Nijjar, Minister for Local Government, Punjab will inaugurate the tournament whereas Mr. Piyus Mittal, GM, IOC alongwith all the Local MLAs will be the Guest of Honour during the opening of the tournament. In the inaugural day, in men section will be played between former Champion Punjab Police and Indian Air Force Delhi in pool-D whereas in women section, CRPF Delhi wiill meet UCO Bank in pool-A and last Year runners up Haryana-XI will face RCF Kapurthala in pool-B. ***************************************************************************** Special Note ***************************************************************************** Mr. Kulbir Singh Saini (Mobile No. is 98156-00810) has been appointed as Media In-charge of the tournament by Surjit Hockey Society, Jalandhar. He will be responsible for providing all types of Information regarding the matches details and photographs etc. of the tournament to all the Print & Electronic Media. However, all such of minute-to-minute information would also available at our website *****************************************************************************